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Shipyard Brew Pub Closing Thursday

Shipyard Brew Pub will close at the end of the business day tomorrow, August 15. The restaurant and brewing facility opened in 2011 as Shipyard Emporium, which also included a bakery facility.

Tami Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the company, said the location had difficulties that couldn’t be overcome, mainly parking. The space, which was the original Dexter’s and more recently Stollo’s Cucina Due, has a tiny parking lot on busy Fairbanks Avenue. Customers were informed that they could park at the Keke’s restaurant, which is not open for dinner, down the block and across the street, but that apparently wan’t enough.

Fred Forsely, president of Maine-based Shipyard Brewing, recently opened Sea Dog Brewing Company in the Lake Buena Vista area.

Shipyard Brew Pub will go out with a party Thursday showcasing its Pumpkinhead beer.

“It’s been a great run there in that community,” Kennedy told me. “We loved being part of the Winter Park area.”

Thanks to Flogger Joe Sarrubbo for this news item.

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0 #4 Former mug clubber 2013-08-16 18:21
I never *didn't* go there because of parking. Parking in front of Ethos or at Keke's was never a problem.

They changed their menu, raised prices, lost their brewmaster, and got rid of everything about it that made it feel like a neighborhood establishment in favor of selling Shipyard souvenirs. I loved it the first year, then went back less and less.
0 #3 Mark 2013-08-14 19:59
Worst place for a restaurant, that everyone knew was going to be uber popular, I have ever seen. Love the LBV location, and stopped going to Winter Park for this reason. With that said, Thursday through Saturday is not much better.
0 #2 Scott Joseph 2013-08-14 18:33
Quoting Curtis Earth:
It was one of my favorite venues to perform my trivia show at. It was also one of my favorite places to bring a date to dinner.
I will miss Shipyard.

It's a great space, but when I heard it was closing, I knew immediately what the reason was: lack of parking.
0 #1 Curtis Earth 2013-08-14 18:31
It was one of my favorite venues to perform my trivia show at. It was also one of my favorite places to bring a date to dinner.
I will miss Shipyard.
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